Entries by suzie

Wednesday 31 January, 2018

Two phrases catch my attention from this passage – “The Holy Spirit tells us clearly…” And … “Their consciences are dead” It’s in my conscience that I hear the Holy Spirit speak clearly. If my conscience is dead my walk with God is dead. Keeping a clear conscience is a matter of life and death! […]

Tuesday 30 January, 2018

Timothy was not just Paul’s favour student, but also the “true son in the faith” (Tim1:2). Paul loved him very much and wanted to spend more time with him and the church in the future. He writes to Timothy and the church so that they will know how they ought to conduct themselves in the […]

Monday 29 January, 2018

When I read this passage I found myself needing to know what ‘elders’ (pastor, overseer, bishop) and ‘deacons’ meant. It doesn’t define their roles here. I take it that the deacons serve under the pastor, taking different responsibilities as in Acts 6 2-4. But, that question resolved, I realise that it is not the relevant […]

Sunday 28 January, 2018

It is a wonderful thing that we are told that aspiring to a leadership position is good and honourable. Why? Because of the description of maturity which follows. Our goal, as Christians, is to constantly seek to grow in our ‘Christlikeness’. Here is a description of someone who has grown. Whether we become leaders or […]

Saturday 27 January, 2018

This is one of the more difficult passages of Scripture for a modern 21st century mind to get around. We do not have the time here to work over a theological treatise on this passage – so I will not.  Devotionally I am struck by three phrases. ‘I want men to pray’ – ‘I want […]

Friday 26 January, 2018

“He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” How brilliant! Jesus came to save each and every one of us. And we can be part of God’s plan by praying for our family and friends. Paul urges us to give […]

Thursday 25 January, 2018

Paul talks about conscience 5 times in this letter to Timothy, and again in the next one. Here Paul warns Timothy to keep his conscience clear, going hand in hand with faith to enable him to fight the battle before him well. But those who reject their consciences have their faith shipwrecked. Conscience is nothing […]

Wednesday 24 January, 2018

God shows me mercy for this reason: “So others can see that Jesus has mercy for them too, and wants to do something beautiful with their lives”. This is wonderful to contemplate. First that Jesus would love me though I was a sinner. Second that he loves me not only that I might be loved, […]

Tuesday 23 January, 2018

Paul’s instructions to Timothy the young pastor of the church at Ephesus gives us insight into some of the people and situations which he would have to confront as the leader of the church. Paul points out that our life is to be according to ‘sound doctrine or teaching’, which of course means that the […]

Monday 22 January, 2018

Paul looked at Timothy as a son and therefore as his spiritual father it was his duty to continually give advise and encouragement to strengthen Timothy’s faith and to affirm that he has authority to command folk not to teach false and misleading doctrines. This must be done with love and for Timothy to keep […]